DriveWorks is a configuration and automation software ideal for "similar but different" products. DriveWorks gives you the toolset to build your own automation for SOLIDWORKS Parts, Assemblies, and Drawings as well as supporting documentation (Proposals, Emails, Manufacturing data etc.). Once the configurator is built it can be shared internally or externally with desktop application, web, and even mobile access. DriveWorks’s scalable solution is an automation fit whether you need to generate slightly different tooling for each project or want to provide your customers a rich web-based sales configurator.
DriveWorks shows up as an add-in into the SOLIDWORKS Task Pane. It allows you to capture all of the elements from SOLIDWORKS Parts, Assemblies, and Drawings that you will control in your DriveWorks Project. In SOLIDWORKS Parts you can capture Dimensions, Features, Custom Properties, and even file formats you may save the generated model as (PDF, DXF, DWG, etc). In SOLIDWORKS Assemblies you can capture and drive instances and replacement models and in SOLIDWORKS Drawings you can capture sheet information, notes, annotations, and even view scales and positions.
The Rule Builder within DriveWorks enables you to drive the captured features, dimensions, custom properties, and much more with constants, variables, logic statements, and familiar excel-like functions. Tedious and repetitive changes to models can be written into the DriveWorks project reducing the number of errors and freeing up engineering resources to work on more custom designs.
The Form Designer in DriveWorks is a powerful tool that allows you to build a user interface your project. You can create multiple forms, guiding your end user through the different inputs needed to generate SOLIDWORKS models and supporting documentation. Form Controls range from simple text input boxes to complex and dynamic drop lists; even linking to external databases. You can also setup your forms to adapt to the screen size being used. Whether on a Desktop, Tablet, or Phone you can create a consistent and branded end user experience.
DriveWorks projects can be ran through the DriveWorks add-in to SOLIDWORKS, a standalone desktop application, and through the web.